Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"So, How Long Have You Been In The Closet?"

The ringing of the office phone startled Janelle McQueen as she worked to finish her monthly report. Janelle leaned into the multi-line console on her well-kept desk and studied the caller ID for a few quick moments. "It's not my husband, Dylan's number or my son, Michael's cell number. But, the number does seem familiar," she mumbled. After another ring, Janelle answered the phone.

"Hello, this is Janelle McQueen. How may I help you?"
"Hey, Janelle. It's me - Dennis."
"Oh hey, Dennis! I thought I recognized your number. What's up?" she asked in an upbeat tone.
Dennis asked, "Are you busy?"
"I'm just finishing up a report, but I'm free, now. What do you need?" Janelle asked.
"I'm in the closet, and I really want to come out."
"Really?"
"Yes, really," Dennis Johnson repeated.
"Well, Dennis - thank you for sharing that with me. I just want you to know that we all love you for who you are and not what you are. I don't care if you're gay. It takes a lot of courage and bravery to come out of the closet and admit that..."
"Janelle...."
Ignoring Dennis' interruption, Janelle continued, "Everyone is coming out these days. So, you shouldn't feel ashamed. I'm just thankful that you trust me enough to share this information. I will always be your friend, and..."
Trying to interrupt Janelle's long and drawn out speech, Dennis again stated, "Janelle..."
"So, just how long have you been in the closet? Is this something new that you discovered?" asked Janelle. She was now ready to have Dennis say a few words on his behalf.
"I've been in the closet for fifteen minutes," Dennis announced.
"Huh?"
"I'm not gay, Janelle. I'm locked in the closet next to your office. I was trying to make room for some new computer equipment and forgot to prop the door open. Go to my office and get the key off of my desk and let me out of here," Dennis commanded.
Bursting into a deep, guttural laugh that could be heard throughout the small office building, Janelle finally said, "Okay!" She laughed some more.

Minutes later, Janelle unlocked the door and released Dennis from the closet. She was unaware that Samuel Harlow, the much despised CEO, was standing behind her the entire time.  Dennis was now standing face-to-face with Janelle and Samuel.

With a devilish grin, Samuel announced, "Well, well, well, Dennis. I see you finally came out of the closet. I thought it was about time. Good for you, fellow!"
"I can't stand you," Dennis thought while Janelle tried to contain her laughter.

Until next week...keep praising His name!
Sir Charles

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